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Welcome 'tim' you say failed attempt last week.what are you trying to come off.youve come to the right place lots of experience here.

Sertraline 100mg amytrip 60mg diazepam 4mg (and when needed) since late 90's.Reduced all meds over 6 wks (too short) last doses 13 wks ago.Still having withdrawals.I would have done it differently

5th august 2015 reinstated 5mg amytripiline.increased to 10mg amtrip 9th sept 2015.

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I'm coming off of Luvox and Wellbutrin and clonazapam. I have abused my antidepressants trying to find the right cocktail to get rid of my social anxiety and unwanted thoughts, trying to find the right medicine with least amount of sexual side effects and it isn't working. I have tried coming off meds before and I don't ussully make it very far because of withdrawal and anxiety but o have cut them off cold turkey. I find it very hard to taper off because it drags it out into a slow and painful process and I just want to rid myself from doctors and pills. Thanks for the reply. Talk to you soon.

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Hi Tim-- welcome to the group.  I think you've come to the right place.  Coming off of three drugs CT is not the way to do it, you'll buy yourself a lot of pain for a long time, probably even longer that it would take to taper off of them.  There are a few things we need to know before we can be of any help.  How long were you on each drug, how much and exactly how and when did you stop taking them.  All of this needs to go in a signature block so we can see it easily.


Please put your withdrawal history in your signature


Then there are several threads you need to read through;


What is withdrawal syndrome? 


Taking multiple psych drugs? Which drug to taper first?


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Final Dose 0.016mg.     Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017


"It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can loose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general."  Stephen Hawking

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